Call-Out: Seeking submissions on the ‘identity shaming’ of Palestinians

Sixteen Minutes to Palestine (SMP) is preparing to launch a new series on the many ways in which Palestinian-Americans have had to hide their identities in academic or professional settings.

There are many instances when Palestinians have been encouraged to keep their identities hidden to avoid offending colleagues or peers, or to avoid hurting their career, academic, or personal prospects.

The implication is that being Palestinian is inappropriate and that its rich and complex heritage is inherently offensive. This is largely due to the way Palestinians are vilified in mainstream news and pop culture. There are, however, many other reasons, and this is where you come in.

Little has been written about this issue and its implications on Palestinian academic and professional progress. Little is also understood about what contributes to this identity shaming. Our goal is to highlight how extensively Palestinians are shamed for their identity. After that, we hope to expand the conversation into possible solutions.

We are currently in need of guest contributions. If you have ever experienced some kind of identity shaming, if you have ever been advised to hide your identity as a Palestinian in order to “better your chances,” or if you have ever been punished because of your Palestinian identity, we humbly request that you consider submitting.

We are looking for personal and reflective pieces on these experiences. Submissions must be at least 600 words long. This is your narrative, so write it the way you feel it should be read and understood. Your writing will also serve as documentation of the resilience and thoughtfulness of Palestinians in the diaspora.

The deadline for submissions is March 24, 2015. Please send it via Facebook message or via email (smpalestine@gmail.com). We will send a confirmation to alert you that we have received the piece. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to us.

Finally, please share this call-out to anyone you know who might be interested in contributing.

We will keep you posted with more details as this project shapes up. Thank you for reading us.

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